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Blue Devils mark 1,000th game by routing Cougars

Gene Renfro • Sep 22, 2018 at 7:00 AM

ERWIN — Unicoi County defeated Sullivan Central 42-0 to match a recent program mark and celebrate homecoming Friday.

The Blue Devils improved to 5-1, which marks the fourth straight year they have won five games in a season. For an additional historical standpoint, it was the program’s 1,000th game.

The Blue Devils posted their first shutout since last year’s contest with Claiborne.

“We came out well and executed the game plan,” said Unicoi head coach Drew Rice. “We’ve struggled with slow starts this season and tonight wasn’t one of them. Sullivan Central is a good football team. They have given people problems this year, and they do a lot of good things. I’m very proud of our guys for giving us a complete game.”

Central head coach Chris Steger said, “Unicoi County had a good game plan, and they executed a little better than we did. We had a couple of misalignments and they busted the run late in the first quarter. When you get caught misaligned, (Brett) Strother and (Kody) Lewis are fantastic athletes.”

LEWIS LETS LOOSE

Lewis collected only 17 yards on his first four carries, but the next time he got the football he raced 68 yards for his first touchdown of the night.

Lewis caught a pitch from Brock Thompson and took it 49 yards on third-and-10 to add another score. In all, Lewis carried the ball nine times for 169 yards and ran his season touchdown total to 10.

STROTHER SCORES

Strother scored on the ground and through the air. He broke through with a 5-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter scoring. He also caught a screen pass from Thompson and went 28 yards for a second-quarter score to make it 21-0.

The second half started with a bang as Strother collected the kickoff at the 10-yard line. He raced through the Cougars for the game’s final score.

THOMPSON’S PASSING

Sophomore quarterback Brock Thompson added another touchdown through the air late in the first half. After a fumble gave the ball back to the Blue Devils on the 6-yard line, play action caught the Cougars off guard. Austin O’Dell was on the receiving end to make it 35-0 at the break.

COUGARS’ OFFENSE

Jackson Harrison went 4-for-17 through the air for 67 yards. On the ground, the Cougars were held under 50 yards.

NEXT WEEK

The Blue Devils step back into league action when Chuckey-Doak visits Erwin. Last year Unicoi County won the meeting 40-27, and the Blue Devils have a 2-0 conference record going into the game.

Sullivan Central travels to Greeneville next week with an 0-5 record. The Cougars have dropped the last three meetings with Greeneville since realignment put the teams together. Sullivan Central will be looking to snap its 35 game winless skid.

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